In the market for a bike computer? We have a great selection. Get the basics like speed, distance, and time. Or, step up to models offering an altimeter, heart rate, cadence, and GPS. We stock bicycle computers from Bontrager and Cateye, and navigation computers from Garmin and Wahoo!In selecting a bike computer, start by asking yourself what kind of rider you are. If you’re a casual biker, distance, time and speed will likely do the trick. If you’re more of a touring or commuter cyclist, you might want to step up to a bike computer with distance, average and maximum speed, and total odometer. Bump up to a competitive cyclist and cadence, heart rate, elevation gained and power input may be important. Then there’s a host of other nice-to-have features like a backlight, battery life, data transfer, multi-bike use and more. If wattage floats your boat, we stock Garmin and Stages.
Overall, these are items you’ll want to consider in your selection process:
- Do you need a basic, mid-level or premium bike computer?
- Are bundled accessories like heart rate, speed sensor, Bluetooth, and more important to you?
- What kind of interface do you want? Touchscreen? Button? Customizable?
- Are you concerned about battery life? The more features, the more drain on the battery.
- How much connectivity do you need? Will USB cut it or do you want wireless capabilities?
- Where do you want to mount the bike computer? There are aftermarket mounts that give you greater options.
- Do you need a navigation system?
Once you’ve narrowed down the metrics you’d like from your bike computer, you can move on to selecting the type. There’s the straight-up bike computer that mounts directly to your bike. A more versatile approach, a fitness monitor or GPS sports watch, will give you functionality when you’re not cycling. When riding, you can mount it to your handlebars with an adaptor. Finally, a GPS-enabled smartphone can use a cycling app. In fact, if you’re looking for some great apps, you might want to try these.
Cost is always a factor. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to more than $500 depending on the features you’d like to include. By the way, we’re happy to install any Garmin or Wahoo bike computers purchased from our bike store at no cost.
If you’d like to dig even deeper into the best bike computer to fit your needs, you can learn more by visiting this site for some reviews, https://www.thegeekycyclist.com/best-things/bike-computers/. Of course, you can also just stop by our bike shop today and spruce up your ride with a great bike computer from Bicycle World NY!